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The Passing of Norman Corwin

Norman Corwin was often called the "poet laureate of radio." Larry Gelbart referred to him as "the Almighty's head writer." Corwin passed away Oct. 18 at the age of 101.

He was known for writing, producing and directing legendary programs for the CBS radio network in the 1930s and '40s, including We Hold These Truths, The Plot to Overthrow Christmas, and On a Note of Triumph. He was also Writer in Residence for the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and wrote the screenplay for the film biography of Vincent Van Gogh, Lust for Life.

In 1995, Corwin talked with Patt Morrison for KCET's Life & Times. He spoke of how the media have changed, and how they've changed us.

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As Morrison noted in her introduction, Corwin's works "are much more than entertainment — they are meditations on war, liberty, justice and compassion." This clip includes a short excerpt from his Peabody-award winning 1941 broadcast, We Hold These Truths.

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RESOURCES:
normancorwin.com — website by The Digital Deli
The Poet Laureate of Radio — Facebook page dedicated to Corwin

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